Welcome to KMS North America!
10 January 2013
We are proud to present “KMS North America” as the new racing team to replace the SRA Karting team.
At the head of the team will be Peter Kalman from Hungary. Peter has a vast amount of experience in karting, not only as a driver where he was a factory with Mach 1 in Formula A and a former team mate of Robert Kubica, but also as a tuner and team manager. In recent times Peter has been the head of the very successful KMS Hungary team which participated in the Rotax Euro Challenge winning DD2 category in 2008 and then taking the crown in 2011 in Snr Rotax. Also in the same year Peter took the Rotax Grand Finals victory in Snr with Ben Cooper and most recently at this year’s Grand Finals they repeated the same feat in the DD2 category. Now Ben Cooper will join Peter in running the new KMS North America team as a coach/driver. With the two having previously worked together very closely and successfully, everything is there for the new team to succeed.
KMS North America will be based at Circuit Karting Mont Tremblant, and will therefore work very closely with the Jim Russell Karting Academy. This will allow team drivers as well as any other drivers to come and participate in a whole range of courses developed by Ben Cooper throughout the last year. Courses ranging from complete novice all the way through to courses covering all aspects of a race weekend. Also in the future we are looking to develop a mechanic/chassis tuning course as well as an engine tutorial with the Jim Russell Karting Academy. The academy will then cover all aspects of the karting sport and will welcome anyone from the karting world to come and learn whatever it is they want to learn. We are looking forward to the new project for the team and for the academy over the next few years.
Throughout the year the KMS North America team will compete in the following series:
-Florida Winter Tour
-Rotax Euro Challenge (teaming up with the KMS Euro team)
-Eastern Canadian Karting Championships
-Coupe du Québec
-Rotax World Finals (Nola)
Currently with the team in transition, KMS North America will use all the equipment of SRA Karting and will develop its own identity ready for the start of the Canadian season.
We are very privileged to present our drivers for the 2013 Florida Winter Tour:
Toranosuka Hamada Japan “A very competitive Micro Max taking several top 5 finishes in the NTC Cup in Japan ”
Natael Cantin Canada “A young and upcoming talent taking his first win last year in Mini Max ECKC last round”
Jeffrey Kingsley Canada “Rotax Mini Max Canadian National Champion 2011”
Francois Quevedo Mexico “Competed at the World Finals in 2012”
Bryce Choquer Canada “Rotax Snr WCC Champion 2012”
Luke Varley United Kingdom “Rotax Snr World Champion 2009”
Mau Hernendez Costa Rica “7 Times Costa Rican Champion including Mini and Jnr”
Tadasuke Makino Japan “5th in the Suzuka Rotax Max Championship”
Keven Ludi Switzerland “8th in the Rotax Euro Challenge DD2”
Ben Cooper Canada “Rotax Snr World Champion 2008, 2011 and Rotax DD2 World Champion 2012”
Rotax DD2 Masters
Christophe Adams Belgium “Rotax Max World Champion 2007 and Rotax DD2 Masters Champion 2009”
KMS Team North America is very excited to participate in the first round of the Florida Winter Tour to be held on January 18-19-20, in West Palm Beach.
Good 2013 season to all!